How do you become a Freemason?
Contrary to popular belief, you can become a Freemason even without having and contacts or family members in the organization. As long as membership criteria is fulfilled, applications are considered and encouraged. This was not the case in previous times.
Long ago, before modern communication methods, you would need to personally know a Freemason or have a Freemason relative to be accepted into the brotherhood. This worked extremely well; it brought the good people and talent in, and kept those not worthy out.
Times are changing, and Freemasonry is adapting too. Nowadays to join, you don’t need to have even ever spoken to a Freemason. All you need to do is make the first move, take the first step and enquire.
Joining criteria to become a Freemason
Freemasonry takes good people in, and makes them better. We’re looking for good people, with good morals. You don’t need to be a saint, you just need to be trying your best and treat others well.
To become a Freemason, you must:
- Be a man over the age of 21 year old,
- Believe in a Supreme Being (of your choice – see this article on Freemasonry and Religion)
- Be a good, moral person
- Be interested in being part of something greater than yourself
The joining process
If the above sounds like you, and you’re interested in becoming part of the brotherhood, then following will give you a guide:
1. Take the first step
Take your time, read the other articles on the site, check out some of the Famous Freemasons. If you want to take things further, the next step is to make contact and let your interest be known. You can contact us here, even if it’s to just ask a few questions.
Alternatively, just find your nearest Masonic Lodge and make an enquiry.
2. A friendly chat
You may have some questions you want answered first, and we’ll try our best. Again, just contact here for any questions. The next step is to meet in person, when you’re comfortable to do so. It will be somewhere public, informal and convenient for you.
Usual spots for the meeting are coffee shops or cafes. I personally had mine in local Burger King. It’s informal and gives you a chance to meet us in person and it gives us a chance to see if you would be suitable. If you get to this stage, just be yourself and relax.
3. Lodge visit
If you’re still interested in joining, it lets us know you’re serious. We’ll then invite you to the dinner that happens after every Masonic meeting. (only Freemasons can attend the actual meeting). You’ll be given a tour of the Masonic Hall, get a good meal and meet the brothers.
If you get invited back, its a good sign. You’ll usually be invited to a few of these dinners (which we call “Festive Boards”). The idea here is for you to get a better idea if Freemasonry is for you and it also lets us get to know you better and lets us know that you’re serious about joining.
Again, if you reach this stage, don’t panic. Just enjoy it, even if you decide that you don’t want to join. It’s a good experience.
4. Welcome to the Brotherhood
You’ve decided that you want to be part of Freemasonry and become a Freemason. What will happen next is that you will be proposed at the next month’s Masonic Lodge meeting and voted upon. If you pass the ballot, we’ll let you know and then we’ll sort out the rest.
When ready, you will be initiated into the 1st Degree of Freemasonry and become an Entered Apprentice Freemason; you’ll be a Freemason and gain entry to a whole new social network, brotherhood and circle of friends.
If you are interested in joining, or have any questions, contact us here.